IMG-20211208-WA0009 (1) China Study Centre

The China Study Centre (CSC) at Karakoram International University (KIU) is funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Government of Pakistan, which frames the core objectives to value the foreseeable consequences of the establishment of this Center with special reference to the benefits that will achieve from creating a social space, which facilitates to study and research on diverse arts, culture, history and polity of China, GB-Pakistan and surrounding mountainous region. Hence, there is a deep understanding that the study or promotion of culture, history, society and polity is a shared objective of proposed China Study Centre at KIU and other partner institutions.

The establishment of center aims to provide a base to learn not only Chinese society, but a window of opportunity to take advantage of this platform via developing research collaborations in Xinjiang and mainland China. These collaborations are key to conduct research with high relevance to GB. As referred above that, historically the GB (Pakistan) and Xinjiang (China) offer much in common to share, which includes languages, heritage sites, oral and documented traditions, religious traditions, socio-political and economic pacts, ethnography mapping of mountain communities, cultural diplomacy, etc. The commonalities of these wide range areas are significantly important to consider as an opportunity for collaboration between KIU, Chinese Universities and beyond.


  1. Study the geo-strategic and geo-economic dimensions of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative and CPEC to understand their long-term impact on Pakistan.
  2. Develop mechanisms to fully exploit the opportunities arising out of the China’s appetite for global talent and facilitate absorption of their graduates by Pakistani economy.
  3. Support higher education institutions (HEIs) in the development of human resource to implement CPEC Long Term Plan.
  4. Develop capacity of Pakistani universities for providing policy inputs to the government on the challenges emerging in the wake of implementation of CPEC Long Term Plan.
  5. Develop an understanding of Chinese history, culture and governance system that has created the Chinese miracle, while drawing lessons for own development.

Besides directing the newly established “China Study Centre” at KIU, Dr. Faqeer Muhammad is also chairing the Department of Economics. He holds a PhD in International Trade from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, China.  He also holds an MA degree in Economics from University of Karachi and an MS degree in Economics from the Dalarna University, Sweden.

He has extensive research expertise in tourism, development, financial development and governance. In addition, he has published research papers on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Belt and road Initiatives (BRI). Dr. Faqeer has attended several academic conferences in China and Pakistan.

  1. Thematic Area: Natural Resource Management and Environmental Economics
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Jamal Haider
  1. Thematic Area: Economy
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Faqeer Muhammad
  1. Thematic Area: CPEC and Policy Responses in Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Saranjam Baig
  1. Thematic Area: Future of transportation in GB in the context of CPEC
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Khalid Mehmood Alam
  1. Thematic Area: Cross-Cultural Management and Communication
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Sajjad Haider
  1. Thematic Area: Biodiversity and conservation
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Akber
  1. Thematic Area: Geological Hazards and Mitigation along CPEC
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Sher Sultan Baig
  1. Thematic Area: Natural resources and Ecosystem services.
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Arshad Shedayi
  1. Thematic Area: Ecology, Environment and Climate change impacts
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Arshad Shedayi
  1. Thematic Area: Research in mineral resource exploration
  • Theme Lead: Dr. Masroor Alam
  1. Thematic Area: Society and culture
  2. Thematic Area: Disaster and risk

Chapter 1

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: An Alternative Trade Route (Pages 10-26)                                                                                

Khalid Mehmood Alam, Saranjam Baig, Faqeer Muhammad

Chapter 2

Pakistani Stakeholder’s Vision of Tourism Development under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Initiative (Pages 27-40)

Khalid Mehmood Alam, Saranjam Baig, Faqeer Muhammad

Chapter 3

Poverty Alleviation & CPEC: As the Nexus of Transformative Blue Economy (Pages 41-64)

Urooj Aijaz, Hassan Daud Butt

Chapter 4

Silk Route and Pak China Relations- Beyond CPEC (Pages 65-73)

Prof.Dr. Attaullah Shah

Chapter 5

Understanding Mountain Communities Knowledge and their Support for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: The Mediating Role of Perceived Tourism Development (Pages 74-83)

Faqeer Muhammad, Amjad Ali, Muhammad Idrees, Abid Hussain, Zia Uddin

Chapter 6

The CPEC Projects and the Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Pakistan (Pages 84-93)

Zaigham Ali

Chapter 7

Urbanization And Energy Security in Pakistan: Lessons from Chinese Experiences (Pages 96-106)

Tahir Mahmood

Chapter 8

Sino-Pakistan Cultural Relations: Challenges and Policy Directions (Pages 107-118)

Akber Ali

Chapter 9

Geo-Politico Economic Significance of Gilgit Baltistan: From Antiquity to CPEC (Pages 119-134)

Ashiq Hussain, Kifayat Ullah

Chapter 10

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): Economic and Strategic Implications for Pakistan (Pages 135-146)

Muhammad Ismail

Chapter 11

The Motivation of Pakistani Students Studying Chinese Language in China (Pages 147-164)

Ali Haqiqat, Khalid Mehmood Alam

Chapter 12

Exploring the China-Pakistan Educational, Cultural, and Bilateral Cooperation (Pages 165-176)

Ajaz Ul Haq

Chapter 13

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the World: A Perspective (Pages 177-165)

Nighat Moin

Chapter 14

Development of Moral Mushroom Technology in Gilgit-Baltistan: Chinese Experiences in Perspective, A Viable Option for Income Generation (Pages 186-197)

Azhar Hussain, Sartaj Ali, Faqeer Muhammad, Amjad Ali

Chapter 15

Geological Hazards along the CPEC route from Gilgit to Khunjerab (Pages 198-206)

Sher Sultan Baig, Garee Khan, Masroor Alam

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Applications are invited from regular students (Undergraduate and Graduate programs) of all disciplines of KIU Main and Sub Campuses under “China-Pakistan Friendship – Ambassadorial Merit-cum-Need Scholarship”. Complete application forms in all respect must reach the Financial AID Office KIU before 10thMarch 2023.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Regular students (Under-graduate and Graduate programs) of all disciplines of KIU Main and Sub Campuses, who have completed at least one semester of studies at KIU.
  2. All those KIU students who have already been nominated for any other scholarship/ financial grant/ any financial waivership WILL NOT eligible for the Ambassadorial Scholarship.
  3. Students with minimum 3.0 and above GPA/CGPA are eligible to apply.
  4. Those students who have a monthly income of Rs. 75000/= and above are ineligible to apply for this scholarship on need basis;however, they can apply on merit basis.
  5. Once shortlisted for interview, students shall produce PROOF of Active Student Status.

Note: Please specify only oneoption (Merit or Need) otherwise, application processing will be discretion of FAO or scholarship Committee.

Number of grant slots available for students are as under:

Among the beneficiaries of this program, it is equally given consideration to support women education in the remotest region of Pakistan. And, the grant requirement includes at least 50% scholarships are appropriated for female students in the main and sub-campuses of KIU.

Required Documents for Ambassadorial Merit-cum-Need Based Scholarship:

  1. Attested Copy of cumulative semester transcript of latest final term exam.
  2. Attested Copies of Utilities Bills (Kitchen, Gas water, & Electricity, etc.) last three months
  3. Attested Copies of CNIC of Student and Father
  4. Attested Copy of Fathers’ or Guardians Last Pay Slip or Pension Book or Income Certificate issued by Class 1st Magistrate. (Not by Naib Tehsildar).
  5. Attested Copies of Medical Bills along with Doctor’s prescription if any.

Applications will be declared disqualified and disciplinary action will be initiated if information given found to be misleading or inaccurate and against those candidates who are involved in any sectarian/political activity within the institution. Shortlisted candidates shall be called for interviews.


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Name Department at KIU PhD/post Doc from universities in China
Dr. Muhammad Ismail Chemistry Talented Young Scientist Program 2019/Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha, Huanan Province
Iftikhar Ali Chemistry School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Key Laboratory for Applied Technology of Sophisticated Analytical Instruments of Shandong Province, Shandong Analysis and Test Center, Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences), Jinan 250014, China
Dr. Shaheen Shah Chemistry Handling of Chemistry Software’s/Dalian University of Technology
Dr. Ejaz Hussain Chemistry Chinese academy of sciences Qongqing
Dr. Manzoor Hussain Chemistry Dalian University of Technology
Shah Nawaz Chemistry Dalian University of Technology, Dalian
Dr. Sajjad Ali Chemistry Presidential International Fellowship Initiative 2015-16

Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Talented Young Scientist Program 2019/Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha, Huanan Province

Dr. Faqeer Muhammad Economics PhD (Economics), Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang, China.
Rizwan Akhtar Economics MS in Management, China Agriculture University, Beijing.

Ph.D. in progress (Management), Beijing Forestry University, Beijing.

Dr. Sher Zaman Physics PhD from Beijing Institute of Technology , Post Doc Soochow University
Dr. Abdul Karim Physics PhD from Lanzhou University
Jafar Aman Sociology PhD from Shanghai University, Post doc from Hohai university
Dr. Irfan Ali Business Management PhD (Engineering and Management), Kunming University of Sciences and Technology, China.
Dr. Zaigham Ali Business Management Dalian University of Technology, China
Dr. Sajjad Haider Business Management School of Management, Lanzhou University, China
Dr. Akber Ali Media & Communication PhD international communication, Shanghai University, Shanghai China
Iqtidar Hussain Environmental Sciences ITP, UCAS Beijing
Dr. Shaukat Ali Environmental Sciences PhD from the Ocean University of China, Qingdao
Dr. Javed Akhter Qureshi Earth Sciences Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China

International Training Workshop on Resource & Environment Scientific Data Sharing and Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service from September 29, 2019 to October 4, 2019 through China Pakistan Joint Research Centre on Earth Sciences (CPJRC) Islamabad, Pakistan.

International Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Dr. Sher Sultan Baig Earth Sciences Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Kunming, P.R. China
Dr. Garee Khan Earth Science Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, P.R. China
Dr. Masroor Alam Earth Sciences China University of Geosciences, Beijing, P.R. China
Mr. Asghar khan Earth Sciences Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Kunming, P.R. China
Dr. Syed Asim Hussain Earth Sciences Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr. Akbar Khan Biological Sciences Lanzhou University , Lanzhou, Gansu
Dr. Qamar Abbas Biological Sciences Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden & South China Botanical Garden Chinese Academy of Sciences China
Dr. Arshad Ali Shedayi Biological Sciences PhD, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing China
Dr. Zar Nawab Khan Swati Computer Sciences PhD, Nanjing University of Science and Technology/ Nanjing
Dr. Sabit Rahim Computer Sciences PhD, University of Science and Technology Beijing China
Dr. Gul Jabeen Computer Sciences PhD, Tsinghua University Beijing, China
Dr. Noor ul Amin Mathematical Sciences PhD, Harbin Medical University, Harbin
Dr. AsadUllah Mathematical Sciences PhD, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
Dr. Asif Wali Agriculture and Food Technology PhD, School of Food and Biological Engineering, Jiangsu University
Dr. Amjad Ali Agriculture and Food Technology PhD, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou china


China Study Centre (CSC)
Karakoram International University, Gilgit 15100
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